temps across the smoker reverse flow vs regular?

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by jerseydrew, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. jerseydrew

    jerseydrew Smoking Fanatic

    i've heard over and over that a reverse flow has more even temps across the smoking area i am curious if anyone has actually taken the time to measure temp differences from left to right and left to right on top rack on both standard and reverse flow smokers? 
     
  2. bkleinsmid

    bkleinsmid Smoking Fanatic

    In my 200 gal butane tank offset, I get about a 20* difference in the 5.5' of C/C and about 15* hotter on the top rack.

    Brad
     
  3. jerseydrew

    jerseydrew Smoking Fanatic

    thank you! and that is not reverse flow correct? so basically hotter by the firebox and hotter as you go higher in the chamber. 
     
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2013
  4. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Both can be very even. A standard offset with a Baffle at the fire box and a set of tuning plates will be very even across the grates. A reverse flow just takes some of the tuning out of the picture. It also gives a good place to set water or drip pans. You can't/shouldn't cover tuning plates with pans, messes  up the temp evenness...JJ
     
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2013
  5. bkleinsmid

    bkleinsmid Smoking Fanatic

    Correct...... I do know that my intake is too small. I was told that if I make it the right size (which I will) that the air flow will move better and the temps should be more even.

    Brad
     
  6. I have a 250 gallon reverse that I got a few months back. I was running 15-20 degree difference between left and right. By chance I adjusted the horizontal level up of the smoker and my temp went up on the left. Had them both sitting at 250 for a couple hours. Smoking again tomorrow so I'll see if it holds true. Also moved the plates on occasions to see if that made any difference. It did, but I'm leaving them as they are now. Together with no opening between them... JB
     
  7. My reverse flow after opening the middle vent about an inch
     

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